Edinburgh Summer Sessions announces rescheduled shows for 2021

Edinburgh Summer Sessions announces rescheduled shows for 2021

Tom Jones at Edinburgh Summer Sessions 2018 / credit: Ryan Johnston

Tom Jones, Michael Kiwanuka, Lionel Richie, Travis and Simple Minds confirmed to perform at Princes Street Gardens next year

Edinburgh Summer Sessions has announced rescheduled dates in 2021 for its programme of concerts at Princes Street Gardens. The festival will return to the iconic setting underneath Edinburgh Castle for its third year next August after being cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets for the rescheduled dates are available now.

Showman Tom Jones, crooner Lionel Richie, Mercury Prize and Brit Award nominee Michael Kiwanuka, as well as Scottish legends Travis and Simple Minds are all confirmed to play the festival in August 2021. Missing from the new line-up is The 1975 and McFly, who have cancelled their appearances at the festival. Original tickets for Edinburgh Summer Sessions remain valid for for new dates where refunds have not been issued.

Tom Jones returns to perform at his second Summer Sessions on Sun 8 Aug (sold out) and Tue 10 Aug. Fans can expect a showcase of hits from his illustrious career including classic hits 'It's Not Unusual', 'What's New Pussycat' and 'She's a Lady'. From one music legend to another, Lionel Richie headlines on Wed 11 Aug for what will be his first Edinburgh gig in six years.

London-born singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has had a trailblazing couple of years and fans can expect to hear hits from his broadly acclaimed self-titled third album and old hits like 'Home Again' when he performs on Mon 9 Aug.

Led by Fran Healy, Travis will treat fans to their hits including 'Why Does it Always Rain on Me?' and 'Turn' in their Summer Sessions debut on Fri 13 Aug. Fellow Scottish mainstay act Simple Minds will close out the festival on Sun 15 Aug with hits from their 40-year career.

Edinburgh Summer Sessions 2021 line-up:
Sun 8 Aug 2021 – Tom Jones (SOLD OUT)
Mon 9 Aug 2021 – Michael Kiwanuka
Tue 10 Aug 2021 – Tom Jones
Wed 11 Aug 2021 – Lionel Richie
Fri 13 Aug 2021 – Travis
Sun 15 Aug 2021 – Simple Minds

Tickets for Edinburgh Summer Sessions 2021 are available now.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Lionel Richie

The slick soul funk maestro started in the Commodores doing funky hits such as 'Machine Gun', then went solo in the 80s and made it mega-big. He's kept the soul flame burning, written some of the most memorable songs of the last 40 years and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2017. A living legend.

Bristol City Centre

Wed 15 Jun 2022

Prices to be confirmed

Cardiff Castle

Thu 2 Jun 2022

£75.60 / 029 2087 8100

The Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium, Wrexham

Thu 3 Jun


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Michael Kiwanuka

Soulful London singer-songwriter who topped the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll and won the 2020 Mercury Prize for his self-titled third album.

Alexandra Palace, London N22

Wed 25 May 2022

Sold out / 020 8365 2121

Bonus Arena, Hull

Sat 14 May 2022

£33.75–£42.55 / 01482 456220

Brighton Centre

Fri 20 May 2022

£37.50–£45 / 0844 847 1515

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Simple Minds

Scottish rock band who achieved worldwide popularity from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.

3Arena, Dublin

Sun 17 Apr 2022


Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

Fri 18 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 01993 810530

Sat 18 Jun 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 01993 810530

Bonus Arena, Hull

Fri 15 Apr 2022

£39.76–£72.76 / 01482 456220

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Tom Jones

Big show from the perma-tanned Welsh lothario. Expect the iconic singer to perform all his hits from 'Green, Green Grass of Home' to 'What's New Pussycat'.

Bitts Park, Carlisle

Sun 25 Jul

£16.80–£88 / 01288 625545

Central Park, Plymouth

Sat 18 Sep


Central Park Leisure Pool Building, Plymouth

Sat 18 Sep


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Popular Scottish band who hit it big in the late nineties.

Albert Hall, Manchester

Tue 17 May 2022

£38.50 / 0161 817 3490

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Tue 10 May 2022

£38.50 / 01223 357851

The Forum, Bath

Thu 12 May 2022

£30.25–£49.50 / 0844 888 9991

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